What Killed The Nightlife?

Categories: Nightlife

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Face it.

Except for a few fun places and a couple of happening nights, it's even deader than the last time I asked what killed it.

Here are my guesses as to the culprits responsible for this tragic death:


*The Internet and cell phones

People mainly associate through emails, tweeting, and texting these days. There isn't the dire need to leave the house and interact that there was years ago.


*Sex sites and apps

The sexual urgency of clubbing has completely evaporated since you can meet a screwee on Craigslist, Grindr, or any number of other endlessly available locales. No longer do you have to go to a club to find love -- or crabs.


*The overall mood is more career-focused and less druggy.

Young New Yorkers are taking care of themselves and concentrating on work more, partly thanks to the recession, which made everyone take their careers a little more seriously. The drive to lose oneself on a nightly basis is simply not realistic -- or as carelessly fun -- anymore.


*The city has made it nearly impossible to open a club.

Licenses are hard to come by, and the clubs and bars are constantly raided and admonished for supposed slights. Between the mayor's office and the community boards, nightlife is treated like a devilish outside force that needs to be squashed. As a result, people have been conditioned to not go out and dance, and it's hard to get them to do it again.


*Niche marketing has niched itself out.

Someone looking for a mixed crowd or some surprises won't get that, since each event is geared to a particular age range, sexuality, and look. Nightlife -- which is supposed to be based on unpredictability -- is now done by committee and by rule book.


*There is some good nightlife in Brooklyn, but I don't count that because I'm a big snob.

And I'm from Brooklyn!


All of these factors conspired to line up and shoot the nightlife dead.

And they should be punished.

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22 comments
noodle
noodle

The music is another reason why nightlife as we knew it is dead, back in the day we old farts had disco & house.  Todays house music is way to technoish, and the closest thing to Grace Jones is Lady Gaga.  I'm being kind when I compare Grace & Gaga, you know that Gaga is no Grace! 

Simon_T
Simon_T

The smoking ban made it ok to hate your fellow clubgoer's habits, whatever they may be-- and demand that "something be done" -- so much for tolerance. This, and the ridiculous security -- first time i went through security at Bond's in 80's -- leads to the bland programmed parties.

Musto
Musto

I just got a tweet form Susanne Bartsch:

"Nightlife dies when I die. Which is not for another century, hah ha."

Supergr8
Supergr8

The current conditions have always existed, but used to be countered by a group of individuals in the same space.  We live in times that are as conformist as the 1950's.  We post a constant stream of information about ourselves, that is not true to ourselves, but is an attempt to assume the expectations that have been projected onto us as being desirable.  The young who used to add interest to nightlife now dream of being the next American Idle.  The age of the individual is over.  Style has been replaced by fashion.  Las Vegas is now considered hot.

eff it
eff it

the top 40 and "tribal" and "progressive" house most of all, club management wanting that same old ish like it's 1995 instead of 2012

Goaty
Goaty

I agree with danielnardicio, everyone wants a 'fun' party, but no one wants to pay to being able to finance the 'fun' party they want. So everything sucks, because creative promoters and owners can't afford to give you real parties. 

Drrocstar
Drrocstar

Bottle service and top 40 music

Devore
Devore

People got off drugs and got lives.

Allen Firth
Allen Firth

The movie version of "Bright Lights, Big City."

latenitebump
latenitebump

the people who voted for mayor rudia guiliani. the beginning of the end.the limelight.michael alig.drugs.

Aidan Garnier
Aidan Garnier

The "niche marketing" is totally spot-on, but I'd basically just say that the events are ridiculously over-produced to exact some kind of predictable effect from the night. Like FV events, you know? Just no looseness or fun or craziness or unpredictability. It's like going to your mom's house with a place for everything and everything in its place. 

Oh, that, and bottle service, as Gazelle said. Totally a night-wrecker.

David M.
David M.

Technology has definitely impacted nightlife. Beyond texting and social apps, the immediacy and constant use of camera phones by patrons does kill any idea of being 'anonymous' in a club, which always added to the excitement on some level.  There is no longer the idea that 'what happens in the club, stays in the club'.....

Kathleen Warnock
Kathleen Warnock

It was me. I got a girlfriend and a job where I couldn't show up at noon.

Danielnardicio
Danielnardicio

oh- and i was just down in my hometown of New Orleans- and now that Katrina got rid of a lot of the black population, there are lots of whites moving in. And guess what?? Suddenly there are complaints about noise! and community boards to combat noise!NEW ORLEANS IS NOISE!thats the whole point.

Danielnardicio
Danielnardicio

oh- and promoters who charge no cover, and open bar for two hours. They basically train people that you dont have to pay for anything, which makes people feel entitled, and people dont value what they dont pay for.Studio 54 cost $20 and that was 30 yrs ago- now you have "promoters" basically giving everything away, and then the performers, djs, all get paid like $50 (if at all) ~ if i ever have to start giving the store away, I'd quit first cause thats an embarrassment. FREE BOOZE!FREE ENTRY!basically says to me- "MY PARTY IS BOMBING" or "I'M JUST IN THIS SO I CAN BE KNOWN AS A PROMOTER"

DN

Gazelle Paulo
Gazelle Paulo

can you add bottle service to that list? :) 

anonTWO
anonTWO

I haven't been to a niteclub in years. I don't want to pay money to dance to the same crappy top 40 music you hear at home  (for free) and I can not afford to spend 500 bucks on a bottle of alcohol.

Eryops
Eryops

You nailed it. Especially the bit about the community boards. Disgraceful.

Isis
Isis

"Screwee," lol

Keith G
Keith G

Yes, you will get people who just come for the booze, but I don't necessarily agree that "free' means the party is bombing.  It just gives people a chance to check out a place without paying a cover and if you're lucky enough to get to the bar, you'll get a free drink. I believe that if the scene is fun, people will stay and money will flow....

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